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A bi-dimensional assessment to measure the performance of circular economy: A case study of tires end-of-life management

Geoffrey Lonca, Romain Muggéo, Hugue Tétreault-Imbeault, Sophie Bernard and Manuele Margni

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Although circular initiatives emerge around the world, the process of decoupling the economic activity from resource consumption and environmental impacts is far of being achieved. The concept of circular economy embodies the opportunity to reconcile an improved resource use while reducing the environmental footprint. Appropriate assessment metrics and methodologies are needed to identify potential trade-off between these 2 sides of a single coin. In this paper, we apply the Material Circularity Indicator (MCI) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to analyse tires end-of-life strategies aiming at improving the circular flow of all tire materials. Results reveal re-treading is interesting to produce trade-offs on environmental impacts while re-grooving offers a fully decoupled strategy that improves material circularity avoiding environmental burdens. Further improvements should integrate environmental assessment as well as economic factors to link micro scale to macro scale contributions to sustainable development.

Subjects: 1600 Industrial engineering > 1600 Industrial engineering
1800 Chemical engineering > 1800 Chemical engineering
Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering
Research Center: CIRAIG - International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/4723/
Editors: Enrico Benetto, Kilian Gericke and Mélanie Guiton
Publisher: Springer Nature
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-66981-6_4
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-66981-6_4
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2021 11:01
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2024 09:46
Cite in APA 7: Lonca, G., Muggéo, R., Tétreault-Imbeault, H., Bernard, S., & Margni, M. (2018). A bi-dimensional assessment to measure the performance of circular economy: A case study of tires end-of-life management. In Benetto, E., Gericke, K., & Guiton, M. (eds.), Designing Sustainable Technologies, Products and Policies (33-42). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-66981-6_4


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